Chelsea hosts Crystal Palace in round 1 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, August 14th at Stamford Bridge (London)
On August 11, Chelsea played against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final. The regulation and extra time ended with a score of 1-1. The Blues snatched victory only in the penalty shootout. Naturally, this success will cheer up the team. But as you understand, the Pensioners spent a lot of energy. Some of the players who took the field on Wednesday may remain on the bench in the first round of the Premier League. In the last eight league matches, Chelsea suffered only two defeats and gained five victories and one draw. The Blues did not look very confident on their pitch in the last Premier League draw. The team managed to win only five times in the last 12 games, but it’s time to change these statistics.
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In the summer, Crystal Palace underwent changes on the coaching bridge. Roy Hodgson retired on deserved pension and was replaced by Patrick Vieira. In my opinion, this appointment is very dubious. Wherever the Frenchman worked earlier, he did not achieve anything significant. It would be better if the leadership of the Glaziers appointed Lampard, and the British media were actively writing about it. Crystal Palace finished last season on the 14th line in the standings. It is noteworthy that the Eagles never managed to finish in the top ten in the previous six Premier League draws. The likelihood that they will rise to the top ten this season is estimated at 6.0. In the summer, the team played six friendly matches, which ended in four victories, one draw, and one defeat (ten goals scored and five conceded).
Chelsea lost Hakim Ziyech in the match against Villarreal. Of course, he should have played in the 1st round of the Premier League. And this is a serious loss for the Pensioners. At the same time, I have no doubt that the team will play exclusively to win even without him. Chelsea is simply stronger than Crystal Palace. Beyond that, the Blues will play at home. In the previous season, they didn’t always look confident here. But I think this year everything will change for the better and recommend betting on a confident victory of the hosts.